The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office recently awarded a mini-grant to Sustaining Way, a nonprofit organization, for the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on top of its flagship project, Annie’s House.
Just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail in the historic Nicholtown community of Greenville, South Carolina, Annie’s House is strategically located in an underserved community and is intended to demonstrate community-based approaches to sustainability. The mini-grant project involved the installation of a 4.77 kW PV system on the house’s south-facing side, overlooking a terraced backyard, where agriculture projects range from growing tomatoes to raising chickens.
The system was officially energized at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 28, 2017, with a crowd of local community leaders and citizens of Greenville participating in a tour of the site. With the PV system energized, Annie’s House is now net-zero — producing as much power as it uses on a daily basis. The organization allows the Sustainability Coordinator, who is responsible for maintaining the grounds, to live in the house; this residential application provides a normal energy-use pattern.
Future plans for Annie’s House include further developing the on-site land to accommodate more intricate agriculture projects and constructing a footpath to connect to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
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The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office will be announcing the next round of mini-grants in August 2017 , so stay tuned to the Energy Connection and www.energy.sc.gov/incentives/grants to be notified when the application period begins.